Nostalgia. Sentimentality. Awkwardness. Probably bullshit. This found mix-tape has everything that makes the internet go round. It’s an artifact from a long bygone era when in order to express appreciation and amorousness for one another human beings had to resort to recording songs off the radio, then dubbing them onto another tape, splicing the whole thing together, and presenting it to the object of your affection in the form of a mixtape. Here you go! I made this for you. I pieced it together from things that other people made. That’s how much I love you. Enough to curate.
In the 90s, where this found treasure comes from, (unearthed by Matt Guess of Raleigh, North Carolina) we didn’t have Tumblr gif blogs onto which we could dump hundreds of images that other people made in order to express our love, we had to do it through music. It was a beautiful time. A beautiful, stupid, embarrassing time.
The tape opens with a greeting from an unnamed female to her lover Robbie.
“Hi Darlin. Happy birthday. Wish I could be with you right now. Sitting next to you probably giving you a big wet juicy kiss. But what they key, this will have to do for now. I hope you enjoy the tape, since I can’t be with you. Can’t wait until I am with you next. Won’t be too long right? I love you very much. And happy birthday. Just sit back and relax. And think of me a little. I love you.”
The song in question is Bonnie Raitt’s “Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About.” She probably didn’t realize that wouldn’t come to fruition twenty years later.
OR DID IT? Is this a clandestine affair? Or perhaps a case of two lovers who just weren’t ready to announce themselves to the world? The next mic break gives a little more detail.
“Now who would’ve guessed Bonnie would’ve sung you a birthday song?” she asks, with a weird amount of reverb on her track. “Well I tell you what, that song sure brings me good feelings. Just listening to it I can think of you and it puts a smile on my face, and think about what everybody else doesn’t know.”
NO ONE KNOWS.
“Heh, we got em. Oh well. Someday they’ll know, but, of course they’ll all be jealous. Oh well. Not all… well not everybody can experience true love. But thank goodness you came around.”
What follows is another Raitt song, then a recorded phone call between the two. They wish they could be with eachother. 🙁
“This tape will have to do. I’m not sure how it will turn out.”
I hope these two got to be happy. I know they didn’t, but I hope they did. I hope any of us do.